Sunday, October 8, 2017

I Breathe Fire

Bob Mayo
 Musician, Writer and NWOBHM Enthusiast




Muthas, I had the good fortune to interview Bob Mayo about the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Bob was the lead singer and bassist for the excellent thrash band Wargasm which you can check out here - I highly recommend all of their releases. Bob also has a superb blog - Mayonoise - which I cannot recommend enough. Bob's writing is clever and insightful and I love the way he discusses music. Read or die!  Okay, without further ado, let's hear what Bob has to say about NWOBHM. Enjoy! 

MBOM: Bob, let me start by saying thanks so much for doing this interview! I know you are in the midst of reissuing the entire Wargasm catalog, but what else are you currently up to?

Bob: I have been recording songs under the name Robot MonsterArmy for 10 years, and I have put together a live band for a gig in November.





MBOM: I first became aware of Wargasm back in the 80s when a friend recommended your band because he knew I was a big fan of Tank. How much did Tank and the NWOBHM influence you and Maniac/Wargasm early on?

Bob: Tank's influence was huge on me specifically, but Wargasm's sound was a combination of mine, Rich's and Barry's influences. Barry was way into Venom, Rich was into Accept, Raven, and Angel Witch.




MBOM: What song/comp/album started you on your journey of listening to and collecting NWOBHM?

Bob: Probably Iron Maiden's Killers album. In America, we new Metal was coming back, starting with Van Halen's debut in 1978, but the NWOBHM kind of snuck over here in a very underground way around 80/81.







MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM single?

Bob: I love all of the Gillan singles, the Tank and Raven singles. they're all my favorites. Def Leppard's 1st ep is great (damn shame what happened to them!)







MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM LP?

Bob: I think Angel Witch's album is the very best NWOBHM album. The Tygers of Pan Tang's Wildcat is a favorite, Tank's 1st 3, Maiden's debut, Raven's Wiped Out are all up there.








Photo Credit: Bob Mayo
MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM compilation released back in the 80s?

Bob: Metal for Muthas 1 & 2, also Axe Attack, which was the first time I heard "Earth Mother" by Samson, a great song.






MBOM: What's your favorite retrospective NWOBHM compilation released in 90s to today?

Bob: Don't know of any!

MBOM: Which band had the better debut album - Iron Maiden or Angel Witch?

Bob: Angel Witch! Maiden's might have been the best if the production was better...








MBOM: Was Motorhead a NWOBHM band or are they a precursor like Judas Priest?

Bob: Motorhead defied categorization from Day One.







Photo Credit: Bob Mayo

MBOM: Do you consider Gillan to be part of the NWOBHM?

Bob: Yes I do.





MBOM: Please recommend a good playlist for a NWOBHM newcomer.

Bob: 


MBOM: Which NWOBHM band do you wish had been more successful/well known?

Bob: Angel Witch! I wish they had continued early on instead of just collapsing right after the 1st album.

MBOM: Which of the classic "Black And White EPs" is your favorite - Paralax - White Lightning, Mythra - Death And Destiny, or Crucifixion - Green Eyes?

Bob: Crucifixion seemed to be more 'together', and had a better singer, but I do like the energy on Mythra's ep, and the album.






MBOM: Can there be a Tank without Algy Ward?

Bob: NO! Ridiculous! 

MBOM: Your cover of Tank's "Power Of The Hunter" is excellent. Any plans of any other NWOBHM covers?

Bob: Thanks! No plans.







MBOM: Which NWOBHM band that never released an album do you wish had released a full length? (Five bonus points for picking Trespass.)

Bob: Um... Trespass?  (Editor's Note - I'll take it! Five bonus points for Bob!) 







MBOM: Are there any recent albums by old NWOBHM bands that you can recommend?

Bob: Saxon's last few are great, but they really don't sound like a NWOBHM band anymore...









Photo Credit: Bob Mayo
MBOM: Do you have any cool NWOBHM rarities/collectibles?

Bob: I have all the Gillan and Tank singles, I used to have all of the Raven singles on Neat, can't find 'em!!







MBOM: Is there a particular NWOBHM rarity that you'd like to have in your collection?

Bob: There's a version of "Don't Take Nothin" by Tygers w/Jess Cox that sounds like a 1st album outtake, I had it on a vinyl 'various artists' comp but I am trying to find it on CD. The deluxe reissue of Wildcat has a version of this song, but its not the same recording... HELP!  (Editor's Note - I think that version is available here. Bob ordered it so let's hope I'm right!)



MBOM: Thanks for taking the time to talk about NWOBHM! Any last words or anything else to add?

Bob: That was really a magic time for metalheads! Metal seemed to be asleep for a while until we started to hear the buzz about Maiden, Saxon, Def Lep, etc. The one place that sold all of these records was about 40 miles North in Saugus, MA, called Rockit Records; we used to drive up there once or twice a month and spend tons of money buying up all this stuff. It really was exciting, discovering new bands all the time. The same thing happened with Thrash a few years later but the NWOBHM was really something special!

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Muthas, I hope you enjoyed this interview with Bob Mayo and it inspires you to do the following - buy some Wargasm, read Mayonoise, and listen to more NWOBHM!

As always, MAKE MINE METAL!





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Iron Shadows



Mark Briody
Guitarist, Producer and NWOBHM Enthusiast




Muthas, believe it or not, Mark Briody of the mighty Jag Panzer graciously agreed to be interviewed about one of his favorite musical genres - NWOBHM - and a bit about its influence on his band. Enjoy!



MBOM: Mark, first of all thanks for doing this interview! I'm sure things are busy for you because Jag Panzer has a new album coming out 9/29/17 entitled The Deviant Chord. What can you tell us about the new album? What else is going on in your world?

Mark: Yep, it's coming out on Sept 29, 2017 on SPV/Steamhammer. I'm very proud of it. We're looking at tour offers now, so we hope to hit the road soon.






MBOM: I know that you are big fan of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Were there any particular NWOBHM bands that influenced you and Jag Panzer in the early days?

Mark: I bought everything I could get my hands on during the NWOBHM era. The bands that made the biggest impact on me were Angel Witch and Witchfynde. The Angel Witch album was perfect and it made me love the NWOBHM movement because I found the Angel Witch to be just as good as the Iron Maiden debut despite the success difference between the two bands. Iron Maiden were getting huge press and had a major deal while Angel Witch were on a tiny label I never heard of. That showed me that the NWOBHM scene was all about great music and not really major label dollars. What I loved about Witchfynde was that their album Stagefright had an incredible amount of variety on it. They had everything from doom (title track) to pop ("Big Deal") to straight up British metal ("Trick or Treat"). That album showed me that the NWOBHM movement was open to all style of good metal.

MBOM: What song/comp/album started you on your journey of listening to and collecting NWOBHM?

Mark: Wild Cat from Tygers of Pan Tang was my first NWOBHM album. I was hooked right away! After buying that I picked up a copy of Brian Slagel's magazine New Heavy Metal Review. That magazine exposed me to a lot of great bands.




MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM single? 

Mark: For me it was the early Def Leppard single of Wasted / Hello America. It wasn't musically my favorite, but that early version of "Hello America" really inspired me. We (early incarnation of Jag Panzer) started recording as teenagers just as Def Leppard did. Demos at that age can be hit and miss. The version of "Hello America" as compared to the album version showed me how much a young band can progress in a short time. It was inspiring.


MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM LP?

Mark: I'd have to go with Stagefright by Witchfynde. The songwriting on it is outstanding. Plus the cover lots of ground musically with that release. That album has been in my regular rotation since then.







MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM compilation released back in the 80s?

Mark: I'll go with The Friday Rock Show because of the bonus Witchfynde track "Belfast." It's a great song, lots of emotion. Worth the price of the album just for that one song.






MBOM: What's your favorite retrospective NWOBHM compilation released in 90s to today?

Mark: I have never bought a retrospective compilation album. The track lists just never seemed to make sense to me. I suppose that everyone has their own unique experience with the NWOBHM and my experience just isn't in line with any compilation I've seen.

MBOM: Which band had the better debut album - Iron Maiden or Angel Witch?

Mark: They're both great, but I have to go with Angel Witch. Both have equally great songs, but I don't hear many weak spots on Angel Witch whereas there are a few spots (very few) on the Maiden debut that didn't blow me away.





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MBOM: Which Brian Ross band do you like more - Satan, Blitzkrieg or Avenger?

Mark: Satan all the way.





MBOM: Was Motörhead a NWOBHM band or were they a precursor like Judas Priest?

Mark: Motörhead are not part of the NWOBHM in my opinion. Lemmy already had a foothold in the music scene via his time in Hawkwind. The NWOBHM was about fostering all the new metal talent across the UK. Lemmy was already established.

MBOM: Who's your greasiest favorite - Tank, Venom or Warfare?

Mark: I get lots of ack for this, but I'm not much of a fan of any of them. Venom were huge with a massive underground fanbase, but their music just didn't click with me.






MBOM: Please recommend a good playlist for a NWOBHM newcomer.

Mark: I think any NWOBHM intro should include the early efforts from Maiden and Def Leppard - so The Soundhouse Tapes and the Bludgeon Riffola songs. This would give the new listener some reference as to how the scene sounded with these mega bands. Then the entire Angel Witch debut. Then lots of individual tracks - "Stagefright" and "Trick or Treat" from Witchfynde. "Spellbound" from Tygers. Anything on DeathPenalty from Witchfinder General. Mythra Death and Destiny would be cool. Anything from Legend Death in the Nursery. And of course the Diamond Head classics that Metallica later covered.

MBOM: Which NWOBHM band do you wish had been more successful/well known?

Mark: I thought Witchfynde had some of the best songwriting. Montalo (guitarist) also had a very unique approach to metal guitar playing. Listen to the title track from Stagefright, he's done some very different chord structures.






MBOM: Which of the classic "Black And White EPs" is your favorite - Paralax White Lightning, Mythra - Death And Destiny, or Crucifixion - Green Eyes?

Mark: Mythra. I am not familar with the others.







MBOM: Which NWOBHM band that never released an album do you wish had released a full length? (Five bonus points for picking Trespass.)


Mark: Although we got a full length many many years later, I'm still going with Mythra. The e.p was brilliant.

MBOM: Are there any recent albums by old NWOBHM bands that you can recommend?


Mark: That new Tygersof Pan Tang is outstanding. I was a big Jon Deveril fan (vocalist on Spellbound) so I was a bit skeptical. My fears went aside after a few seconds of hearing the new album. It's great.




MBOM: Mark, judging by some of your Facebook posts, you've got a huge collection of Jag Panzer material. Do you have any cool NWOBHM rarities/collectibles?

Mark: I have original print vinyl of Angel Witch, Witchfynde, etc. Nothing too rare or in mint shape (they were all played to death). I've got some Maiden 12" singles too. Much of my record collection was stolen from a warehouse in '83.


MBOM: Is there a particular NWOBHM rarity that you'd like to have in your collection?

Mark: I always wanted a copy of The Soundhouse Tapes. I've seen it before and even held it in my hands. I could never afford a real copy though.







MBOM: I know you are involved with the art direction and cover art for Jag Panzer. Are there any NWOBHM releases that you think have great art, and are there any that you think have art that's "so bad it's good?"

Mark: Demon's Night of the Demon has fantastic art! Love the green and the creepy look to the whole cover. I can't think of one that's 'so bad it's good'. Now there are some American bands that followed the NWOBHM with covers like that, but overall I like all the art in the NWOBHM.



MBOM: Thanks for taking the time to talk about NWOBHM and Jag Panzer! Any last words or anything else to add?

Mark: All metal fans should explore the NWOBHM. You may have heard a Diamond Head song or two (which is cool) but there is so much more to the scene than that.

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Muthas, I hope you enjoyed this interview with Mark Briody and it inspires you to get out there and listen to some more NWOBHM! 

As always, MAKE MINE METAL!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Axe Crazy

Bart Gabriel
Producer, Manager, Label Owner and NWOBHM Enthusiast

Photo Credit: Bart Gabriel


Muthas, I had the great fortune to ask Bart Gabriel - CEO of Skol Records and Gabriel Management - about my favorite genre of metal, NWOBHM! Bart is huge NWOBHM fan and has lots of interesting choices for his favorites and offers a massive NWOBHM playlist to get you started on your own NWOBHM journey. Cheers! 

MBOM: Bart, firstly, thanks for doing this interview! You just may be the busiest man in metal right now. What's going on with you and Skol Records?

BART: It's good to be busy, isn't it? There was not much going on in the Skol Records camp for the last few months, but it will change now. First of all we're about to release brand new mini LP from SAVAGE MASTER - it might be interesting for your readers as well, as except four brand new songs, there is a cover version of the HOLOCAUST classic, "Death Or Glory", on it as well. Except that we will be continuing our series of the CD replicas of the original NWOBHM singles, with a lot of Neat Records titles. First in line are the JAGUAR and CRUCIFIXION singles, then we will do BLITZKRIEG and WHITE SPIRIT singles, and so on. Actually, it might be good opportunity the announce my next project, no one (except involved bands) heard about yet... I'm working on a compilation album titled "Granbretan Invasion", which is a tribute album, where young Heavy Metal bands play cover versions of obscure and rare NWOBHM tracks. Some of the confirmed acts are: ENFORCER, CAULDRON, AMULET, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, CRYSTAL VIPER, HELVETETS PORT and SUBSTRATUM. And yes, the title of the compilation is a tribute to the best writer that ever walked the earth, Michael Moorcock. In other news I'm also quite busy with GABRIEL MANAGEMENT, as all our bands either just released new albums, or will release them in the nearest future.

MBOM: I know that you are a huge NWOBHM fan and you've reissued a ton of great NWOBHM singles/albums. What NWOBHM reissues does Skol have coming out in the future?

BART: As I mentioned, we will be continuing our series of the CD replicas of the original NWOBHM singles. I'm very happy that we will be reissuing singles from the Neat Records back catalog, I know that I wasn't the only one guy waiting for them. I also signed deals with few other NWOBHM bands, but hard to say when exactly we will release something from them, as they are looking for the master tapes, we are trying to figure out the legal situation and so on.



MBOM: Are you planning on producing or releasing any new albums from NWOBHM bands in the future?

BART: Currently not, but there are two albums of one of my favorite NWOBHM acts in my schedule, which I will be remastering. I think I'm not yet allowed to reveal the news (I'm doing this for another label, not for Skol Records). What I can tell you, is that both albums will be packed with some killer bonus tracks no one ever knew they exist.


MBOM: What song/comp/album started you on your journey of listening to and collecting NWOBHM?

BART: I won't be very original here, but I need to say it all started with IRON MAIDEN. I'm not exactly sure right now, but I think that the very first MAIDEN album I heard was the self-titled debut. I know it sounds weird, but while I think that Somewhere In Time is one of three best sounding and best produced albums in the history of Heavy Metal, my favorite MAIDEN album is the mentioned self-titled debut. The next ones were RAVEN and their All For One LP, and then a lot of more usual stuff, such as SAXON, ANGEL WITCH and DIAMOND HEAD. At the beginning I wasn't aware they are part of any wave or group of bands, but when I was reading about them, I was seeing that mysterious NWOBHM term from time to time. I became curious what that's all about, and then I discovered the goldmine known as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I would lie if I would say I was only NWOBHM oriented, or that I became a collector of all things NWOBHM - I became a die hard fan of Heavy Metal in general, and I didn't care much about origin of the bands. I either liked something or not, but in fact, many of my favorite bands were British.

MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM single?

BART: I have no idea! There are so many absolutely great singles, that it's impossible to choose only one, especially when you like so many bands... If I could list few, then for sure I would list singles from: MYTHRA, TRIDENT, VIRTUE, LAUTREC, LEGEND (from Kent - this one from Jersey is awesome as well, but if we are talking about singles, then I vote for this one from Kent), QUARTZ, JJ'S POWERHOUSE, HELL, AVENGER, RAVEN, SPARTA, TRIARCHY, ANGEL WITCH, BLEAK HOUSE, JAGUAR, HOLOCAUST, BLITZKRIEG, BLACK AXE and WOLF, AXIS, NO QUARTER, A II Z... And of course IRON MAIDEN and their The Soundhouse Tapes.



MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM LP?

BART: Oh wow, that's probably even harder than with singles... I think there is no one LP which I could list as my favorite one when it comes to NWOBHM, as there were too many great albums being released. But I can list my favorite live album here, and that would be Live At The Inferno from RAVEN. I remember I was blown away by the rough energy that was captured on that double LP. Sorry MAIDEN, I love Live After Death, but I'm choosing Live At The Inferno (laugh).






MBOM: What's your favorite NWOBHM compilation released back in the 80s?

BART: Okay, this one will be easier, it's Metal For Muthas, as it was the first NWOBHM compilation I heard, when I already knew what NWOBHM actually means and what it's all about. Not only it had 2 great IRON MAIDEN tracks, and great songs from PRAYING MANTIS (maybe their best one?) and ANGEL WITCH, but also allowed me to discover bands I didn't know before: ETHEL THE FROG, SLEDGEHAMMER and E.F. BAND (yeah, the NWOBHM band from Sweden (laugh)). I remember I didn't like very much the SAMSON and TOAD THE WET SPROCKET songs that were included there... Need to listen to that LP again, let's see if I still don't like them!

MBOM: What's your favorite retrospective NWOBHM compilation released in 90s to today?

BART: Definitely New Wave Of British Heavy Metal '79 Revisited, which Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton did in 1990. I basically think this is the best NWOBHM compilation ever made. It's funny because when I started my Heavy Metal adventure, I wasn't big fan of METALLICA. But they were praising NWOBHM in the interviews, they were recording and playing live songs of bands such as DIAMOND HEAD and BLITZKRIEG, and then Lars did that compilation. So yeah, we can say I became METALLICA fan because of NWOBHM - they are a Thrash Metal band, but I hear a lot of British riffs in their music, and it's clear they are die hard fans of the genre. And let's be honest, they promoted the genre as probably no one else.


MBOM: Which band had the better debut album - Iron Maiden or Angel Witch?

BART: That's a difficult question. While both albums are absolutely perfect, and there is no bad or even average song on any of them, I think I would choose Iron Maiden. Don't ask me why, I don't know (laugh).


MBOM: Which Brian Ross band do you like more - Satan, Blitzkrieg or Avenger?

BART: AVENGER, because I recently became their manager! I'm kidding, I wouldn't list AVENGER here, as they never did an album with Brian, only the demo, split EP and single, so while I love and admire Mr. Ross, I would list Swifty as their "classic" vocalist. So, SATAN or BLITZKRIEG? I think I would choose SATAN - I love the early works of both bands equally, but when it comes to the more recent albums, then I think I prefer these ones by SATAN.


MBOM: Was Motorhead a NWOBHM band or are they a precursor like Judas Priest?

BART: MOTORHEAD and PRIEST are not NWOBHM bands to me, and here's why. First of all, both bands started and had first recordings before the world heard about NWOBHM. Second thing: it's hard to label first MOTORHEAD and JUDAS PRIEST recordings as Heavy Metal. And third thing - many NWOBHM bands used to either list these two acts as their influences, or even played their covers, so yeah, they are definitelly pre-NWOBHM acts in my opinion.


MBOM: Who's your greasiest favorite - Tank, Venom or Warfare?

BART: VENOM's At War With Satan was the first LP from these 3 bands which I heard, so I will probably go with them. Isn't it always like that, that the albums you heard first from particular bands, remain your personal favorites? I also love TANK and their Filth Hounds Of Hades - while they had few really cool albums back in the day (let me ignore the ridiculous current period, where 5 guys that didn't play on the classic first two albums keep on recording and releasing music as TANK), Filth Hounds is the absolute classic of the genre, perfect from the first to the last second. WARFARE were awesome as well, I was actually listening to their album earlier today.


MBOM: Please recommend a good playlist for a NWOBHM newcomer.

BART: How about this one: IRON MAIDEN "Prowler", MYTHRA "Killer", RAVEN "Fire Power", A II Z "No Fun After Midnight", AVENGER "Too Wild To Tame", JJ'S POWERHOUSE "Running For The Line", BLITZKRIEG "Blitzkrieg", INCUBUS "Life Beyond The Grave", LIMELIGHT "Metal Man", TYRANT "Hold Back The Lightning", JAGUAR "Prisoner", ELIXIR "Treachery (Ride Like The Wind)", ANGEL WITCH "Gorgon", SMOKIN' ROADIE "Midnight", DIAMOND HEAD "Lightning To The Nations", SARACEN "Meet Me At Midnight", WITCHFINDER GENERAL "Free Country", DEMON "Night Of The Demon", FIST "Name, Rank And Serial Number", TOKYO BLADE "Night Of The Blade", QUARTZ "Silver Wheels", SAXON "Princess Of The Night", SAVAGE "Let It Loose", PARALEX "Travelling Man", TANK "Shellshock", TYGERS OF PAN TANG "Slave To Freedom", WITCHFYNDER "Give 'Em Hell", TRESSPASS "Bright Lights", CLOVEN HOOF "Reach For The Sky", AFTER DARK "Evil Woman", HOLOCAUST "Heavy Metal Mania", OVERDRIVE "On The Run", BLEAK HOUSE "Rainbow Warrior", DRAGON FLY "Silent Nights", DRAGON SLAYER "Warrior", SATANIC RITES "Hit & Run", SWEET SAVAGE "Killing Time", BLACK AXE "Highway Rider", VENOM "Manitou", GRIM REAPER "Rock You To Hell"... Need few more? (laugh).


MBOM: Which of the classic "Black And White EPs" is your favorite - Paralex - White Lightning, Mythra - Death And Destiny, or Crucifixion - Green Eyes?

BART: I love all three releases you mentioned, but I would definitely choose MYTHRA over here. They always been one of my absolutely favorite NWOBHM bands. While over the years I became friends with the guys, and learned why they never "made it" back in the day, they always been one of the "big" NWOBHM bands in my book, along with RAVEN and AVENGER.






MBOM: Which NWOBHM band that never released an album do you wish had released a full length? (Five bonus points for picking Trespass.)

BART: Sorry, but A II Z, haha... They were absolutely amazing, both their singles and the live album they did, are pure gold. I know that they continued for a little while as AURORA after they split with Gary Owens, but it wasn't the same. So, if there would be justice in the world, A II Z would do a full album back in the day.





Photo Credit: Bart Gabriel Instagram
MBOM: Bart, judging from your social media posts you have an incredible music collection. What are some of the cool NWOBHM rarities in your collection?

BART: Well, my collection is not that big to be honest, at least I think so, as I know a lot of people that have collections few times bigger than my one. First of all, I'm not typical collector - I'm not trying to gather everything that is rare, out of print and so on, I only keep records that I really like and listen to. I'm not spending nights on Ebay, which is full of overpriced records. Of course when I find something I don't have in a good price, then I buy it and I take it home, but I'm an old school guy, so I prefer to visit small record stores (sadly not many of them left), or browse crates when there are Metal markets on the festivals that I visit - I'm not a big fan of online ordering or bidding. And to answer second part of your question: as I keep on gathering stuff for a Heavy Metal Museum, when it comes to NWOBHM, the crown jewel of my collection is the original RAVEN stage banner that I have. Thank you Mr. Gallagher!


MBOM: Do you have a particular NWOBHM rarity that you'd like to have in your collection?

BART: I would love to add many records to my personal collection, and I hope to have original TRIDENT, VIRTUE, WIKKYD VIKKER, LAUTREC or JJ'S POWERHOUSE singles one day, but as I mentioned, I'm not a big fan of either online ordering nor overpriced stuff, so I guess my chances are down to zero. I would also love to have the original MITHRANDIR single - its cover artwork is so bad, that it's actually good. I will probably get it tattooed one day (laugh).





MBOM: You produced Mythra's new album - Still Burning - and it's excellent. Are there other recent albums from NWOBHM bands that you can recommend?

BART: First of all I need to say it's been a huge honor and pleasure to do this album with MYTHRA. Music is one thing, but I was hanging out with the guys for almost 2 weeks, heard a lot of great stories from back in the day and so on, and this is something you can't buy with money. And I agree with you, I think this album is really excellent, as it sounds like NWOBHM or Classic Metal in general should sound: authentic and natural. Many bands go a bit too far, and they try to improve and change their sound and songs, to be "accepted" by younger fans. Very often when I work with bands, they tell me they want to sound like someone else, and I'm always like "and why don't you want to sound like YOU?". With MYTHRA it was different, they were very relaxed, and they really enjoyed playing these songs and recording them. We had a lot of fun in the studio, we sometimes laughed so hard we had to stop the recording and calm down. And you can hear that natural energy on "Still Burning" - the album sounds authentic and fresh at the same time, you hear that it's played by real human beings, and that nothing was replaced by the samples or alternated by computers or digital toys. When it comes to other recent albums from NWOBHM bands: yes, PAGAN ALTAR. Their new album is coming out these days, but I heard it some time ago, as I was doing its mastering. Usually when I receive the audio material to master, I load it into my gear and I work on the sound in the real time, already during first listening - similar to FOH guys, that try to fix and set right sound when the band is playing first song. When I got the PAGAN ALTAR tracks, I played them for the first time, and I was just staring at my speakers like a rabbit that sees headlights of a car. They are so good!

Photo Credit: Bart Gabriel

MBOM: Thanks for taking the time to talk about NWOBHM! Any last words or anything else to add?

BART: Hey, my pleasure and thank you for your time. Last words? Yeah, everyone, please support the bands you like, buy the official merchandise, buy the original albums instead of downloading them, and go out to see the bands when they play in your town, or move your ass and travel a little bit. It's not that expensive and the real experience is always a million times better. Your favorite bands won't survive without your support!

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I hope you enjoyed this interview with Bart Gabriel and it inspires you to check out some killer NWOBHM!

As always, MAKE MINE METAL!